Helen Palsgraf: Invisible, Silent, & Marginalized in A Feminist Critique of Tort Judgments, (work in progress, forthcoming Cambridge University Press (2019);
Rethinking Rodriguez After Citizens United: The Poor As A Suspect Class In High Poverty Schools, 24 Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy 1 (2016) reprinted in Civil Rights Litigation and Attorneys Fees Annual Handbook, Vol. 33 (2017);
Excessive Force, Bias & Criminal Justice Reform: Proposals for Congressional Action, 63 Loyola Law Review 27 (2017);
Still Using The Wrong Yardstick: Measuring Quality by the Proxies of Rumor, Bias and Conformity, 31 Columbia Journal of Gender & Law 154 (2015);
Promise Zones, Poverty & the Future of Public Schools: Confronting the Challenges of Socioeconomic Integration & School Culture in High Poverty Schools, 2014 Michigan State Law Review 711 (2014);
Silencing Race & The First Amendment: The Suppression of Student Expression & Curricular Coverage of Racial Identity and Ethnic Solidarity in K-12 Education, 81 University-Missouri Kansas City Law Review 569 (2013);
Are We Really Racing to The Top, or Leaving Behind the Bottom? Challenging Conventional Wisdom and Dismantling Institutional Repression, 40 Washington University & Policy Law Journal 181 (2012);
Law At Its Best: Towards a Unifying Theory of Justice in Legal and Educational Reform, 18 National Bar Association Association 16 (2011);
The Hidden Law: Uncovering the Spiritual Foundations for Transformative Legal Reform, 4 Journal of Applied Economics 167 (2010);
Bringing Every Child Forward: Lessons Learned Under the NCLB and a Roadmap for Reform, 19 Temple Political and Civil Rights Law Review 63 (2010)(with T.K. Daniels);
OUR PROMISE: ACHIEVING EDUCATIONAL EQUITY FOR AMERICA’S CHILDREN, Carolina Academic Press (Maurice R. Dyson, Daniel B. Weddle, eds.)(2009);
De Facto Segregation & Group Blindness: Proposals For Narrow Tailoring Under A New Viable State Interest in PICS v. Seattle School District, 77 University of Missouri-Kansas City Law Review 697 (2009);
When Government Is A Passive Participant in Private Discrimination: A Critical Look at White Privilege & The Tacit Return to Interposition In PICS v. Seattle School District , 40 University of Toledo Law Review 145 (2008);
Awakening An Empire of Liberty: Exploring The Roots of Socratic Inquiry & Political Nihilism In American Democracy, 83 Washington University St Louis Law Quarterly (currently Washington University Law. Review 575 (2005));
Towards An Establishment Clause Theory of Race-Based Allocation: Administering Race-Conscious Financial Aid After Grutter and Zelman, 14 University of Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal 237 (2005);
Racial Free-Riding The Coattails of A Dream Deferred: Can I Borrow Your Social Capital? 13 William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal 967 (2005);
The Death of Robin Hood? Proposals To Overhaul Public School Finance, 11 Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law & Policy 1 (2004);
Putting Quality Back Into Equality: The Constitutionality of Charter School Enabling Legislation In A Post-Grutter 36 Era, Rutgers Law Journal 1 (2004);
Playing Games With Equality: A Game-Theoretic Critique of Educational Sanctions, Remedies and Strategic Noncompliance, 77 Temple Law Review 577 (2004);
Multiracial Identity, Monoracial Authenticity & Racial Privacy: Towards An Adequate Theory of Multiracial Resistance, 9 Michigan Journal of Race and Law 387 (2004);
Safe Rules or Gay Schools: The Dilemma of Sexual Orientation Segregation in Public Education, 7 University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law 183 (2004)(with N. Harris);
In Search of the Talented Tenth: Diversity, Affirmative Access, and University-Driven Reform, 6 Harvard Latino Law Review 41 (2003);
Leave No Child Behind: Normative Proposals to Link Educational Adequacy Claims and High Stakes Assessment Due Process Challenges, 7 Texas Journal on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights 1 (2002);
Finance and Educational Ultimatums: A Look At School Funding Implications For Public School Accountability, Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal (2002)(symposium);
A Covenant Broken: The Crisis of Educational Remedy for New York City's Failing Schools, 44 Howard Law Journal 107 (2000);
Rethinking School-Community Collaboration: The Role of Non-Profit Mergers & Joint Ventures in Remedial Education and Social Service Delivery, 16 National Black Law Journal 35 (1998)(Note).
Maurice R. Dyson, Professor of Law
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Prof. Dyson has broad experience, including in corporate mergers, acquisitions, leveraged buy outs, public and private security offerings all valued over $166 billion as well as high stakes class action litigation valued over $15 billion. He has a diversified background in the public and private sector.
Member, Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States of America
Corporate Law Counsel of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Securities Law Practice Departments
Director of the Merrill Lynch Philanthropic Foundation SB-NY Program
Enforcement Counsel at the U.S. Department of Education, OCR
Registered Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice, EOIR
Registered Counsel at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, USCIS
School Finance Advisor to the Texas State Legislature
Financial Development Officer at
Columbia University, DDC
Associate Advisor & Legal Liaison,
Shankland Financial Advisors LLC
Law Clerk, NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund, Inc.
Law Professor at Columbia University, Zhejiang University, Southern Methodist University, Universite de Nice, City University of New York, Suffolk University Law School
Education, Training & Certifications:
Columbia University Law School Graduate, Harlan Fiske Stone Honors
Distinction, Juris Doctorate
Columbia College, Columbia University King's Crown Graduate, Baccaulaurate
Teachers College, Columbia University
Fellow, Department of Organization &
Scholar, Keele University, Staffordshire, UK
University of California at Irvine,
The Fundamentals of Personal Financial Planning; Conducing A Thorough Market Assessment & Entrepreneurs Forum Studies
Certified in Conflict Resolution Mediation,
Following graduation from Columbia Law School as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Professor Dyson practiced law with the firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions, securities and leverage buyouts valued at approximately $166 billion. Professor Dyson has also participated in the landmark school finance litigation and in federal civil rights enforcement as the Special Projects team attorney for the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) where he was recognized for his work in inter-district funding cases. A member of the Bar of the U.S Supreme Court, he has also served as the national chairperson of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section on Education Law, the national executive board member of the AALS Section of Minority Groups, and a program coordinator of the Merrill Lynch Philanthropic Foundation recognized by the White House. In addition, he has served as educational policy adviser to the Texas State Legislature Joint Select Committee on Public School Finance, and has taught law on the faculties of Columbia University, the City University of New York, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, T. Jefferson School of Law, and Suffolk University Law School.
Professor Dyson is the recipient of numerous awards including the prestigious King's Crown Award, the Kluge Award, the Albert Roothbert Endowment, the Lester A. and Stella Porter Russell Endowment, the Society of the Order of the Barristers, the Taft Samuel Carpenter Award for Teaching Excellence, and the 50 under 50 most influential law professors national list. Professor Dyson has also published Our Promise, a book analyzing educational policy and numerous articles in education, civil rights, game theory, government, constitutional law, sociology and critical race theory among others. He is also the faculty co-founder of the Crawford Legal Institute Mentorship Bond (CLIMB) program, an educational pipeline mentorship initiative with Crawford High School that recently won the California State Bar Diversity Award for Excellence.
Prof. Dyson is a certified member of the Bar of the nation's highest court, the Supreme Court of the United States of America, as well as the New York State Supreme Court and the New York Court of Appeals. He is also registered counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice EOIR, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security USCIS, a law clerk to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, a certified mediator, a financial services professional. Mr. Dyson has extensive experience representing major institutions and a variety of clients. Mr. Dyson has:
• Engaged in complex trust and estate planning and preparation of clients' trusts and wills.
• Engaged in creditor proof asset protection planning and preparation of land trusts for real estate investments.
• Represented the nation's largest online company with 20 million internet access subscribers in the nation's largest U.S. merger with the world's largest media and entertainment conglomerate. This transaction was valued at approximately US $166 billion and was structured to facilitate the newly merged company in providing an incomparable portfolio of global brands. These brands included the full spectrum of media and content, from Internet to broadcast and cable television.
• Represented leverage buyout firm in potential bid to purchase transportation pre-pass line and related service businesses. The value of the transaction was approximately US $1.3 billion. Conducted sophisticated due diligence review, as well as drafted stock purchase agreements and management agreements.
• Represented leverage buyout firm in potential bid to purchase high profile designer apparel company for US $900 million. Conducted due diligence of popular apparel company, subsidiaries and international affiliates; assisted in drafting executive summary and the stock purchase agreement.
• Represented major telecommunications company in a publicly announced acquisition of a 33.8 percent stake in a leading wireless communications provider with approximately 466,000 subscribers in Eastern and Atlantic regions of Colombia. The estimated value of the acquisition was US $295 million. This transaction allowed the premier U.S. telecommunications company to extend its overall wireless coverage in Latin America to eleven countries representing a total of approximately 202 million POPs. Assisted with the drafting of the asset purchase agreements, registration rights agreements, promissory note and option agreements.
• Represented clients successfully in the landmark trial decision CFE v. State of New York which awarded additional $5.6 billion for operating aid and $9.2 billion in capital funding to low income schools in NYC. The verdict was upheld by the New York state’s highest court, the Court of Appeals to provide fair funding.
• Prepared various complex corporate agreements involving recapitalizations, stock and asset purchases, IPOs, private placements and high-yield debt issuances as well as incorporating documents and board resolutions.
• Conducted due diligence of a diversified portfolio of institutional investors in connection with LBOs and strategic mergers.
• Represented clients successfully in overcoming objections to copyright and trademark registrations with the United States Patent & Trademark Office.
• Represented clients successfully in civil rights and personal injury matters.
• Represented clients in disability discrimination, racial discrimination and employment discrimination cases with success.
• Prosecuted violations of Title II of ADA, Section 504, Title VI, Title IX, & the Age Discrimination Act in employment discrimination as a U.S. federal government attorney.
• Supervised New York City special education programs and implementation issues with respect to referral, placement and intervention strategies in accordance with Title VI mandates.
• Conducted comprehensive compliance reviews, resolution negotiation and drafting, complaint mediation, intake and case management, policy advising, legal research and position paper writing.
• Defended clients successfully in administrative hearings for SSI benefits & public housing eligibility.
• Provided in service training, expert witnessing and CLE courses on estate planning, education law and civil rights.
• Provided strategic immigration law assistance to individuals, investors and business owners seeking visas, and green cards
Member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States of America
Member of the Bar of the New York Court of Appeals
Member of the Bar of the New York Appellate Court
Member of the Bar of the New York Supreme Court
Member of the Order of The Barristers
Member of the New York State Bar Association
Member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York
Member of the Nassau County Bar Association
Association of American Law Schools, Chair - Education Law (06-07)
Association of American Law Schools, Executive Comm. - Minority Groups (07-08)
American Bar Association
National Bar Association
San Diego Bar Association
Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association
Turner Bar Association
Columbia Law School Alumni Association
Columbia College, Columbia University Alumni Association
Phi Alpha Delta Legal Honors Society
Board Member, Mildred Thomas Quinn Foundation
Board Member, Dyson Family Philanthropic Foundation
Outstanding Client Choice Award
50 Under 50 Outstanding Law Professors National List
Martin Luther King Community Service Award
California State Bar Diversity Excellence Award
AALS Section on Education Law Award for Outstanding Leadership & Service
Lester A. and Stella Porter Russell Endowment
Kings Crown Scholar
Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
Guanghua Law School
Southern Methodist University
Dedman School of Law
City University of New York
School of Law
Faculte De Droite De
L'Universite De Nice
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Suffolk University Law School
SCHOLARLY PRESENTATIONS & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:
Algorithms, Race & the Criminal Courts, Criminal Law Fellows / Criminal Law Fellowship Program, San Diego (2019);
Artificial Intelligence, Race and The Criminal Justice System, Suffolk University Law School (2018);
Challenging Artificial Intelligence Algorithms in Discretionary Decision Making, Touro Law Center (2018);
Disparate Impact of Algorithms in Artificial Intelligence, University of Dayton School of Law (2018);
Challenging Artificial Intelligence Algorithms in Discretionary Decision Making, Delaware Law School (2018);
Law & Society Meeting, Speaker, Feminist Judgements in Tort Law, Toronto, Canada, June (2018);
The Implications of Implicit Bias & Racial Discrimination Being Magnified In The Use of Artificial Intelligence, California State University—Northridge (2018);
AALS Annual Meeting, Speaker, AALS 2017 joint panel of the Sections on Constitutional Law and Poverty Law, On The Constitution in an Era of Increasing Inequality, San Francisco, CA (2017);
Beyond Stereotype & Slogans: The Time For Change Is Now, The Jeffersonian, available at Differing Opinions: Free Speech In The Law School, The Jeffersonian, available at
Pursuing Excellence: Diversity In Higher Education, Women & the Law Conference, Moderator, sponsored by the Thomas Jefferson School of Law (2016);
Race, Poverty & Mass Incarceration, sponsored by the University of San Diego School of Law, the University of San Francisco School of Law and the Western Regional BLSA (2016);
Challenging Adequacy Notions in School Finance, Education Summit, National Bar Association, Washington University School of Law at St. Louis, St. Louis, MO (2015);
The More Things Change...: Exploring Solutions to Persisting Discrimination in Legal Academia, AALS Cross-Cutting Program, Washing, D.C. (2015);
Dismantling the School To Prison Pipeline, sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League & the Thomas Jefferson School of Law (2014)(in attendance Laura Duffy, US Attorney; Dr. Shirley Weber CA Assembly member; Paul Ochoa and Aida Castaneda from Assembly member Lorena Gonzalez's office; City of San Diego Commissioners Lorena Slomanson, Joyce Abrams, and Mark Dillon);
Dismantling the School To Prison Pipeline, KPBS Radio & the Anti-Defamation League (2014); Dismantling the School To Prison Pipeline, KPBS T.V. Evening Edition & the Anti- Defamation League (2014);
Dismantling the School To Prison Pipeline, Despierta San Diego, Univision & the Anti-Defamation League (2014);
Sixtieth Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, The Future of Public Schools, sponsored by the University of Missouri Kanas City School of Law & Michigan State University School of Law (2014)(with Jack Greenberg);
“50 Under 50 Outstanding Law Professors” National Honoree, Lawyers of Color Foundation (2014 Issue);
Fisher v. University of Texas Revisited, National Association of College and University Attorneys, Chicago, Illinois (2013);
Landmark U.S. Supreme Court Decisions in Higher Education, National Association of College and University Attorneys, Chicago, Illinois (2013);
The CLIMB Mentorship Pipeline Project: A Response To The School-To-Prison Pipeline Crisis, Public Interest Law Foundation, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, CA (November 14, 2012);
The First Amendment & the School House, 40 Years of Landmark School Speech Cases: Through the Eyes of Those Who Were There, UMKC Law School, Kansas City, MO (September 20, 2012);
Faculty Guest Speaker, CLIMB Program, Crawford Legal Institute Mentorship Bond Program, Crawford High School, San Diego, CA (March 29, 2012);
Race to the Top Initiative, Washington University Law School, St. Louis, MO (March 21, 2012);
The elimination of bias in the practice of law, California Foothills Bar Association, El Cajon, CA (January 9, 2012);
National Guest Speaker, Supreme Court Case Insights, The 2012 Term, National Association of College and University Attorneys, Chicago Illinois (June 29, 2012);
National Guest Speaker, Fisher v. Texas & Its Aftermath, National Association of College and University Attorneys, Chicago Illinois (June 27, 2012);
Guest Speaker, CLIMB Program, Crawford Legal Institute Mentorship Bond Program, Crawford High School, San Diego, CA (March 29, 2012);
Guest Speaker, Race to the Top Initiative, Washington University Law School, St. Louis, MO (March 21, 2012);
The elimination of bias in the practice of law, California Foothills Bar Association , El Cajon, CA (January 9, 2012);
The Pipeline: An Examination of Minority Male Recruitment and Retention in U.S. Law Schools, Black Male Initiative, City University of New York School of Law, Flushing, NY, (Mar 26 - 27, 2009);
Educational Finance and Funding, A New Wave of School Finance, Temple University Beasley School of Law, Mid-Atlantic People of Color Conference, Philadelphia, PA, (Jan 24, 2009);
Education and the Economy, Discriminatory School Resource Allocation in PICS v. Seattle School District No. 1, Northeast People of Color Conference, Boston University School of Law, Boston, MA, (Sept 25, 2008);
Racial Discrimination and Accountability in U.S. Public Education: A Closer Look at the Nation's Compliance Under The Convention for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Treaty, Law and Society Conference, Montreal, Canada, (2008);
Brown Undone? The Future of Integration in Seattle after PICS v. SSD No. 1, Seattle University School of Law, Achieving Racial Diversity in the Classroom after PICS c. SSD In A Legal and Socially Responsible Manner, (2008);
Center for Constitutional and Humanitarian Law, American University College of Law, panel entitled “Discrimination in Public Education: Intent v. Impact?,” Discrimination in The Discriminatory Impact of U.S. Education Law on the Human Rights of Racial Minorities: Who’s Really Being Left Behind? (2007);
School Transfers, Charter Schools and School Funding, invited at the University of Toledo School of Law (Jan 29, 2007);
African American Charter Schools, Robin Hood & The No Child Left Behind Act: A Triple Entendre in the Battle For Educational Equality, presented at Florida A&M University College of Law (Jan. 10, 2007);
2007 AALS Annual Education Law Section Panel, conceived, organized, moderated and panelists selected by Maurice Dyson, "The Assault on Academic Freedom in the Academy: Exploring the Intersectionalities of Race, Religion and Gender in Higher Education" co-sponsored in conjunction with the Section on Minority Groups (Jan 4, 2007);
Choice & The Illusion of Choice, presented at Valparaiso University School of Law (Dec. 14, 2006);
Charter Schools, the No Child Left Behind Act: Avenues for Reform, presented at Thomas Jefferson School of Law (Dec. 12, 2006);
Reinforcing School Choice Provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act: Possible Solutions for Systematic Reform, presented at Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law (Dec. 8, 2006);
The No Child Left Behind Act & Wealth Recapture, presented at Drexel University College of Law (Oct. 20, 2006);
National Public Radio (NPR), Bob Zeeble, School Finance Takes Center Stage (Nov. 12, 2005);
WB Channel 33, Jennifer Dodd Reporting, Gov. Rick Perry Blames State Legislature, (Aug. 22, 2005);
Legislature Adjourns Special Session: Justices to decide if overhaul needed after bills fail in Legislature, DALLAS MORNING NEWS (Aug. 19, 2005);
Annual AALS Speaker: The Clash of the Titans: (Section on Education Law, Washington, D.C. (2006);
Annual AALS Minority Groups Section Panel “The Fate of Minority Inter-Group Collaboration or Conflict”, conceived, organized, moderated and panelists selected by Maurice Dyson (invited speaker for January 2006, Section on Education Law (2006);
Jason Embry, Lawyers for School, State to Argue Before the Texas Supreme Court Today, AUSTIN-AMERICAN STATESMAN (July 6, 2005);
The Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., discussing “The Role of Education In The Poor People’s Campaign,” sponsored by SMU Undergraduate Office of Multicultural Affairs (January 2005);
Educational Experts: School Finance & Legislative Issues: A Talk With SMU Prof. Maurice Dyson (2005);
2nd Northeast Regional People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference: America, Race, and Law at the Crossroads, Hosted at The George Washington University Law School (Oct. 2004);
“Opportunity To Learn” discussing Dyson, Leave No Child Behind: Normative Proposals To Link Educational Adequacy Claims To High Stakes Assessment Challenges, sponsored by the University of California at Berkeley and the Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE)(Oct. 2003);
The Resegregation of Southern Schools? A Crucial Moment in the History (and the Future) of Public Schooling in America, sponsored by the Harvard Civil Rights Project, the University of North Carolina, the UNC Center for Civil Rights, and the Thurgood Marshall School of Law (Aug. 30, 2002);
"School Funding and Educational Ultimatums: A Look At School Funding Implications For Public School Accountability", presented at The Educational Funding Deficit, sponsored by the University of Connecticut Law School & the University of Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal, (Apr.2002);
Fifty Years After Brown, sponsored by Georgia State University in conjunction with the Southern Regional Counsel, (2004)(invited);
Nate Reagan, Panel of Professors Discuss Civil Rights In the U.S., SMU Daily (Jan. 21, 2005);
Valerie Fields, School Board’s Resolution Difficult To Enforce, DALLAS MORNING NEWS (Oct.. 4, 2003);
CBS, Channel 11 News, Top Stories, Cliff Caldwell Reporting, Forum on Affirmative Action (Oct. 8, 2003);
Scott Parks, Moses Hopes Timing Right For End To Desegregation Order: Is DISD Ready To Move On, DALLAS MORNING NEWS (Oct. 31, 2002); Also carried by WFAA Channel 8 Network;
Scott Parks, Will Whites Come Back To DISD? District Hopes End To Desegregation Suit Will Reverse Trend, DALLAS MORNING NEWS (Dec. 4. 2002). Also carried by WFAA Cannel 8 Network;
School Funding and Accountability Mandates, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law (Dec. 15, 2001);
Testing, The No Child Left Behind Act and School Finance, Suffolk University School of Law (Dec. 12, 2001);
The New No Child Left Behind Act and Its Implications, Roger & Williams University Ralph Pappito School of Law (Dec. 10, 2001);
High Stakes Assessment, Title VI & Due Process Considerations, Vanderbilt University School of Law (Dec. 5, 2001);
STB Represents AOL in $165 Billion Merger with Time Warner (2000).